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German civilians are forced by Allied soldiers to view a display of tattooed skin and a lampshade made from human skin at Buchenwald.

Men of the Wermacht view the hanged corpse of a young girl. Probably a Russian resistance member (though she conspicuously wears a red cross band on her right arm), she likely was tortured and raped before her death. Of the soldiers in the picture, only the one nearest the camera is unsmiling, and his face betrays only indifference for his victim. Some of these men probably had daughters the same age as the girl they hanged. Still, they smile.

During the war, Dr Herta Oberheuser performed some of the most gruesome and painful medical experiments, focusing on deliberately inflicting wounds on the subjects. In order to simulate the combat wounds of German soldiers fighting in the war. She rubbed foreign objects, such as wood, rusty nails, slivers of glass, dirt, or sawdust into the wounds. Sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Nuremberg Medical Trial.

Former inmates of Dachau Concentration Camp moments away from executing an SS guard with a shovel on the day of the camp’s liberation. Dachau, Germany - April 29, 1945

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Slavery = the shame of humanity.

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US soldiers talking to the only French girl left in Cerisy-la-salle, France after the Allied invasion of Normandy. July 25, 1944

British soldiers liberated from a Japanese POW camp in Sumatra sit on the steps of an Allied ambulance reading about and discussing the American atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. Singapore. August 1945.

Buy Fresh Fish A World War I Canada Food Board poster encouraging shoppers to change their habits so that fresh meat can be shipped to soldiers: "Buy fresh fish. Save the meat for our soldiers and allies." Illustrated by E. Henderson, c. 1914.

German soldier beeing shooted by his own comrades after martial court.

A freed Jewish prisoner expresses his rage and beats down a German guard at the liberated Dachau Concentration Camp. An American soldier looks on and does not interfere.

I can find no caption to this picture, but it looks for all intents and purposes to show a very young German soldier machine-gunning a group of old ladies. That guess is based mostly on the smoke coming from the soldier's gun. In addition, noting the position of the person at far left with her head raised as if hit from behind, as well as the lady in the foreground with head bowed and foot positioned as if falling, I'd guess that there were other shooters outside of the frame. Ghastly.

A Japanese soldier, Yasuno Chikao, prepares to behead Australian Sergeant Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea. The Australian commando from "M" Special Unit was captured while his small patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines. 1943. The photograph was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944.

American soldiers walk by row after row of corpses lying on the ground beside barracks at the Nazi concentration camp at Nordhausen, Germany, on April 17, 1945. The camp is located about 70 miles west of Leipzig. As the camp was liberated on April 12, the U.S. Army found more than 3,000 bodies, and a handful of survivors.

American soldiers escort a group of Dutch children dressed up in traditional costume for a concert after the liberation in February, 1945 - this is just the sweetest picture ever.

Some part of the horror of the Holocaust derives from the cold casualness with which the Germans (and their allies) committed deeds of the most brutal and shocking violence. Despite the soul-rending pleas of these two peasant women, the soldier stood nonchalantly and executed both at point-blank range.

Whoa---Karl and Ilse Koch. Karl was Commandant of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, then moved to Buchenwald. and finally to Majdanek. He was executed by the Nazis for theft during the war. His wife, Isle, "Bitch of Buchenwald", is infamous for her collection of items made from the tanned skin of inmates. She rode through the camps selecting prisoners whose tattoos she fancied, had them killed, and used the skin for lampshades, purses, and other items.

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A poster for WWI Liberty Bonds shows a German soldier leading a young girl by the hand: "Remember Belgium. Buy Bonds; Fourth Liberty Loan." Illustrated by Ellsworth Young, c. 1918.

A German girl is overcome as she is forced to walk through and around the exhumed bodies of some 800 slave workers that the SS guards near Namering, Germany murdered. The US Army who liberated the camp laid them out so that the townspeople, who feverishly denied knowledge of the camp, could view the work of their Nazi leaders.